Author: Joanna Davidson Politano
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Willa Duval dreams of becoming a doctor, despite the fact that in 1859 the world says women should be wives and mothers. After rejecting four proposals, she makes a deal with her father that she serve successfully as a nurse on her own or she marry. Driven by a lost love letter found in the nook of an old desk, she is drawn to Crestwicke, an old mansion she visited as a child. Upon arrival she finds she will be acting as nurse to the ornery matron of the home, Gilda Gresham. On a mission to find the author of the note, Willa’s duties double. Once the note is misplaced and begins wreaking havoc on the residents of the home that Willa feels she must fix. Willa finds friendship and strength through her nursing efforts. Reunited with childhood friend, Gabe, Willa discovers her purpose and possibly even love. Willa is able to not only nurse Mrs Gresham, she also helps heal broken relationships within the home.
This book reads like a classic novel. I felt it reminiscent of “Jane Eyre” and “ Anne of Green Gables”. It is beautifully written. There were many times that i wished I had a pencil to underline lines that spoke to me. The characters were well written and the setting descriptive. The plot kept me intrigued and I wanted to keep reading. The conclusion was satisfying. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.